Nellie Bly


Wolf Administration Highlights $200 Million Nellie Bly Scholarship Plan to Make College Affordable, Build Workforce in Needed Fields

The Wolf Administration joined educators and students at Reading Area Community College (RACC) to highlight Governor Tom Wolf’s plan for a new scholarship program to make college education more attainable for thousands of students and to build a pipeline of critically needed professionals in the fields of healthcare and education.

Statue of famed journalist and traveler, Nellie Bly, lands at PIT

Travelers passing through Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) are used to being greeted by — and taking selfies with — the colorful, lifelike statues of George Washington and former Pittsburgh Steeler, Franco Harris. Now a third deserving figure has been put on a pedestal at PIT: legendary journalist and...

Statue of Nellie Bly unveiled at Pittsburgh International Airport

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- The next time you arrive at Pittsburgh International Airport, a new face will greet you alongside Franco Harris and George Washington.The airport unveiled a statue of Nellie Bly on Thursday.The barrier-breaking journalist was born in Armstrong County in 1864.Bly moved to Pittsburgh and got a job as a writer with the Pittsburgh Dispatch.She exposed deplorable conditions inside asylums for the mentally ill and set a record by traveling around the world in 72 days. 

PIT adds Nellie Bly figure to terminal to celebrate 158th birthday

FINDLAY TWP. – As travelers enter the main terminal at the Pittsburgh International Airport, an Armstrong County native will remind them to chase their own adventures as she did centuries ago. The Heinz History Center and local leaders came together at PIT on Thursday to officially introduce the new figure of Elizabeth Cochran, better known by her pen name of "Nellie Bly." Honoring the influential writer and journalist on what would have been her 158th birthday,...

Armstrong County native Nellie Bly takes place alongside Franco, Washington statues at Pittsburgh International

It was a birthday celebration fit for a pioneering journalist who shattered societal expectations for women and introduced investigative journalism as it is known today. After a two-year wait, a life-size figure of writer Nellie Bly took its place near George Washington and Franco Harris near the Airside Terminal escalators at Pittsburgh International Airport.

Undercover in the Asylum: Nellie Bly, Daredevil Reporter

One fall day in 1887, the New York police were contacted by the worried inhabitants of a women’s boarding house. The cops soon arrived and picked up a disturbed young woman named Nellie Brown. The next day, the New York Sun ran an article asking, “Who Is This Insane...

Nellie Bly scholarship reintroduced to aid Pa. college students

Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing a $200 Million scholarship plan for students who attend state schools and community colleges in Pennsylvania. But it’s a plan that has failed before. Wolf originally proposed the Nellie Bly Scholarship Program in 2020. It was named for a famed 19th century Pennsylvania investigative...

Get To Know Nellie Bly, Girl Reporter

January 27, 2022, marks the 100th anniversary of Nellie Bly’s death. Bly, one of the first “girl stunt reporters” made an indelible impact on American journalism, despite being initially seen as clever marketing tool by the news industry. Born Elizabeth Jane Cochran in 1864, she was one...

A new monument honoring journalist Nellie Bly is now on Roosevelt Island

Nellie Bly, born Elizabeth Jane Cochran in 1864, was an American investigative journalist widely known for faking insanity in order to be admitted to an asylum on Blackwell Island (today's Roosevelt Island.) Once inside, she reported on the inhumane conditions that women were being held in while being treated. Although she passed of pneumonia at the age of 57 in 1922, Bly's connection to the area has now been forever immortalized with a new monument in her honor.

Monument honoring investigative journalist Nellie Bly opens on Roosevelt Island

Image credit: Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. A monument honoring trailblazing investigative journalist Nellie Bly opened to the public on Friday. The structure was designed by Amanda Matthews of Prometheus Art to bring attention to women who have overcome adversity. Located at the tip of Lighthouse Park on Roosevelt Island, the monument is named after Bly’s first published work, “The Girl Puzzle.”
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Monument Honoring Journalist Nellie Bly Debuts on Roosevelt Island

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation has unveiled a new outdoor monument honoring renowned journalist Nellie Bly. Located on the island’s northern tip, “The Girl Puzzle” consists of five bronze faces sculpted in the image of Bly and anonymous female faces representing Asian American, Black, young, older, and queer women.